2014 Camp Barton 
Cub Resident Camp

Leatherstocking Tales

August 14-16, 1764

The year was 1764, the place, the as-yet unsettled wilds of Central New York Colony... 

Along one of the Finger Lakes, on the western shore where a creek called "Frontenac" flows, Captain Ezekial Barton decides to found a new settlement. He stakes out a defensive structure and a townsite, and names it "Fort Barton at Frontenac Landing". 

He sends out invitations to settlers to come to Fort Barton and take up homesteads in his new town... and the rest was history. 

Or, rather, it was the 2014 Cub Resident Camp at Camp Barton. 


Captain Barton welcomes the new settlers.

The setters were guided by experienced woodsmen. 

Poke-two-hontases, one of  a pair of Native American maidens, also helped the new settlers settle in to their new homes.

The settlers begin to learn the skills they would need to survive in the wilderness...


Skill with a bow and arrow could be essential...

It's important to be able to make baskets - importing household goods from England is much too expensive. 

Candles are expensive, too, so it's best to be able to dip your own. 

The militia is drilled in the martial art of "Simon Says".

A party of exploration discovered natural wonders all around...

... like the beautiful Frontenac Falls. 

The new game of "GaGa Ball" proved very popular during off-duty hours. It's a variant on Dodge Ball, but played in an octagonal wood-enclosed area.

The traditional Kickball was also played, just as they might have back home in England.

One of the local Naturalists instructs the settlers in the properties of local plants and animals. 

Two settlers discuss a strange and wonderful bone they've found. 

The wilderness is full of wonderful creatures, including friendly snakes.

The new homes in Frontenac Landing will have to be built from poles, wattle and daub. Here, the settlers are taught how to lash together their cabins' structure. 

Musket Drill is required of all militiamen. 

Truly, a score worthy of Natty Bumppo himself!

Practicing knot tying - an essential skill. 

The settlers will have to survive on what they can cook themselves, so the guides teach them to make native foods like "chili". 

Living on a lake, a settler needs to be able to swim. Or, at least, to jump in.


Scaling cliffs is important - you never know when you might need to climb. 

The older settlers, termed "Webelos", left on an Expedition of Exploration over Friday night. They discovered strange foil-covered bird life. 

"Tastes like chicken!" - Since evolution won't be discovered for some time yet, the explorers felt no urge to explain why the birds evolved breading. 

The way to a militiaman's heart is through his stomach...


Until they can establish their own homesteads, the settlers were fed in the Mess Hall at Fort Barton. Before entering the Mess Hall, they all gave a cheer.

"Sign's Up" means "quiet"!

"Stuck a feather in his cap, and called it macaroni" - he called lunch macaroni, too.

An Italian settler introduced the new concept of "pizza"...

... which was an instant success.

Not to be outdone, a German settler introduced "Hamburgers".

I'm not sure where brownies came from, but wherever it was, the settlers loved them.

At breakfast each day, the settlers received copies of the Fort's newspaper, the Fort Barton Chronicle, which let them keep up with the latest news.

You can read it, too - download the daily editions here in PDF format:
Thursday - Friday - Saturday

Each meal ended with a quaint native song, usually involving some sort of traditional dance.


"Have you ever seen a penguin drinking tea?"

Numerous and diverse entertainments were held...


Each day ended with a retreat and flag ceremony in the Outer Ward.

On Thursday night the settlers gathered for a campfire on the North Point.

Captain Barton tells a story

"Peanut butter and JELLY!"

The staff led a ceremony in which a flag was solemnly retired.

Saturday afternoon was time for a Vespers Service led by the Vicar.

Our Milita Regiments

On arrival, the settlers were assigned to six different Militia Regiments, depending on their Cub Scout rank.


The Kings Own Sappers (Blue Den)

The Grenadier Guards (Green Den)

The Highland Lancers (Orange Den)

The Royal Hussars (Red Den)

The Light Dragoons (Violet Den)

The Barton Fusiliers (Yellow Den)

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